As part of the New Xbox One Experience, we have added button remapping capability for standard Xbox One controllers through the Xbox Accessories App. This highly-requested feature offers a great alternative to remapping buttons on an individual game basis. Now each user on the console can have their own custom button mapping.

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For those who want the ultimate degree of personalization, the Xbox Elite Wireless controller is the best choice for complete control. Here’s how the remapping capabilities compare across the Elite and standard controllers:

Standard controller remapping can be accessed in three ways through the New Xbox One Experience:

  1. Settings / Kinect & Devices / Devices & Accessories
  2. Settings / Ease of access / Button mapping
  3. Launch the Xbox Accessories app directly

For standard controllers, you can now swap button pairs. For example, if you choose to map LB to X, then X is automatically mapped to LB. This maintains that all buttons are always mapped on a standard controller. You can do multiple button swaps in sequence to move button commands to where you want them to be on the controller.  When buttons are remapped on a standard controller, the remapping is not transferrable to other consoles. In other words, if you move to another console, you’ll need to go through the remapping process again with that new console. Remapping is available for both first party wireless and third party wired controllers. Remapping for standard controllers is available for Xbox One consoles only, with PC support to be confirmed at a later time.

For the Elite controller, the only required buttons that need to be mapped somewhere on the controller are A and B.  Another unique remapping feature for the Elite Controller is that you can have multiple buttons mapped to the same function (e.g. multiple physical buttons or paddles can be mapped to X). Remapped settings are stored directly on Elite controller, so you can bring your custom settings to another console or PC.

On consoles, the Xbox Accessories app notifies users if their controller has an optional or mandatory firmware update. On the PC, the recently updated Xbox Accessories app can now be used to update the firmware on your standard controller, Elite controller, or Chatpad.

For more information about the New Xbox One Experience button remapping feature, check out the following posts at Xbox.com:

Use the Xbox Accessories app to configure your Xbox Elite Wireless Controller

Customize a standard Xbox One Wireless Controller with the Xbox Accessories app

Click here to download New Xbox One Experience PSD template 7 MB ZIP file

The option to use a custom image for your Xbox One background has been available for quite some time, but now that the New Xbox One Experience is out, you might find its time to update your existing background. I asked the Xbox design team to create a Photoshop .psd template so you can easily create your own great looking custom made backgrounds for your Xbox One.

You can download the .PSD here (7 MB Zip File) 

Here is a refresher on how to set your own custom background.

If you make a great background, share it! Drop a link into the comments below for others to download and try. (All posts w/ links are automatically added to the moderation queue. I’ll do my best to get them approved within 24 hours.)

Check out this subreddit for Xbox One Backgrounds.

I am providing this template as a community service. It’s not officially supported (don’t call Xbox Support for help.) If you have questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below and one of our community members may give you a hand.

Your New Xbox One Experience begins today and I recently had the opportunity to chat with Mike Ybarra, Director of Program Management, Xbox about this complete transformation coming to Xbox One.

The update for the New Xbox One Experience is available starting today. Monthly releases inspired by your feedback have been a cornerstone of the Xbox One experience.  We launched the Xbox Feedback site to enable you to influence how Xbox One evolves and we’ve been listening. Over the past two years, we have delivered more than a hundred new features based on your input. On behalf of the entire Xbox team, I want to express our appreciation for all of your valuable feedback.

The New Xbox One Experience is a complete transformation of Xbox One, integrating the speed and versatility of Windows 10. We put fans at the center of everything we do and wanted to make some big changes, including enabling one of your most requested features – the ability to play Xbox 360 games on Xbox One. We also wanted to meaningfully improve how gamers interact with Xbox One and redesigned it to make it the fastest and most social Xbox experience ever.

Here are some of the new experiences that you will enjoy on your Xbox One with this update:

Xbox One Backward Compatibility. You’ll be able to play over a hundred Xbox 360 games on Xbox One starting today, with hundreds more to come. Xbox 360 game play on your Xbox One includes the added benefits of Xbox One features such as screenshots, in-home streaming, and Game DVR. You can even enjoy multiplayer with friends playing Backward Compatible titles on Xbox 360. To start playing your Xbox 360 games on Xbox One after 12pm PST today, refresh your Game Collection to see your pre-purchased, digital Xbox 360 titles from the Backward Compatible title list in your ready to install queue or simply insert the disc for a supported Xbox 360 title and download the game to start playing it on Xbox One. In addition, for a limited time, all Xbox One owners can play backward compatible games on Xbox One with the multiplayer benefits normally available only with an Xbox Live Gold subscription. Take a look at the list of backward compatible games available now, and get started playing today.

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A new Xbox One Home makes it faster and easier to get to the things you love. We redesigned Home to provide fast access to the games and apps that you’ve recently used. The new Home also enables you to get to social activities quicker:

  • Share your achievements and game clips with the Xbox Live community.
  • See whether your friends are playing the same games.
  • Access Game Hubs to get breaking news and updates from game developers and the Xbox Live community.

A new guide lets you rapidly access top tasks with just one button press. You can bring up the guide from Home by tapping left with the D-pad or left thumbstick. Or, while playing a game, you can double tap the Xbox button on your controller to instantly overlay the guide – without interrupting your gameplay. You can access your Profile, Friends, and Settings; quickly start a Party; view your Messages and Notifications; and Snap an application all from the new guide, saving you valuable time weaving in and out of apps.

A new Community section makes Xbox One more social. This section is designed to help you keep up with what other gamers are doing on Xbox Live as well as jump directly into the conversation yourself. Check out what your friends are up to and keep track of the games you follow in the redesigned Activity Feed. The new Trending section lets you view the most popular posts from other players on Xbox Live.

The revamped OneGuide is your single destination for TV, movies and video. Find the most exciting new movies, TV shows and videos from across apps on Xbox One. App channels help you discover what’s new in your favorite apps, making it easier to find entertainment content. TV listings are viewable instantly in OneGuide – including listings from over-the-air channels and, coming soon, Sling TV. Picture-in-picture allows you to keep browsing for other things to watch without missing what’s happening on live TV.

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A new Store makes it easier to find the content you want. The new and improved Store includes four easy to explore areas – Games, Movies & TV, Apps, and Music – plus a new vertical gallery view to reveal more listings at a glance. You can browse through intuitive categories like Staff Picks, New Releases, Top played, Top rated, Coming Soon and Recommendations to uncover new games, apps, and entertainment for your Xbox One.

Read the full announcement from Mike Ybarra, Director of Program Management, Xbox, over at Xbox Wire.

TL:dr: NXOE starts rolling out after 3:01am ET/ 12:01am PT November 12th. Back Compat titles will be playable or start to appear in your collection (for digital purchases) after 3:01pm /12:01 pm (Noon) PT on Thursday


As we prepare for Thursday’s launch of the New Xbox One Experience, I want to share some details on what to expect and when.  We will begin the global rollout of the New Xbox One Experience after 3:01am ET/ 12:01am PT November 12th.  It’s important to note that not everyone will get the update at once, as it will be deploying globally to the Xbox One audience. As with all Xbox One system updates, here are a few things to keep in mind:

HOW TO GET THE NEW XBOX ONE EXPERIENCE?

If you use the Instant-on power mode (available via Settings – Power & startup), your Xbox One will take the update in the background when you put your console into Connected Standby mode.  As this is a global rolling launch, consoles in Connected Standby will be updated at various times throughout the day based on your time zone.

If your console is in Energy-saving mode, your Xbox One will not automatically download and install the update. To initiate the download and update process, you can go to Settings – System to manually check if an update is available and choose “Update Now”.

Note that all Xbox One consoles will receive a prompt for a mandatory update on November 23rd if they have not yet updated to the New Xbox One Experience.

  • Learn more about system updates on Xbox One here
  • Learn more about the New Xbox One Experience system update and build here.
  • Starting 3:01am ET/ 12:01am PT November 12th, access the Xbox.com support team’s knowledge base regarding known concerns here.

WHEN WILL YOU GET IT?

Team Xbox will begin the rollout of the New Xbox One Experience after 3:01am ET/ 12:01am PT November 12th.

Not everyone is going to get it at the same time.  Depending on the time zone you are in, as well your Xbox One console settings, you may get the New Xbox One Experience at a different time than your friends.

Regardless of when you receive the New Xbox One Experience system update, the Xbox One Backward Compatibility feature will begin rolling out starting at 3:01pm/12:01 PM (noon) PT on November 12th.  To start playing your Xbox 360 games on Xbox One after this time, refresh your Game Collection to see your pre-purchased, digital Xbox 360 titles from the Backward Compatible title list in your ready to install queue or simply insert the disc for a supported Xbox 360 title and download the game to start playing it on Xbox One.

 

Hope this helps. Look forward to seeing everyone on Xbox Live!

Larry Hryb @majornelson

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Ever since we announced Backward Compatibility was coming to Xbox One the number one question I get asked is, “What games are going to be available?” That question has finally been answered.

Today Mike Ybarra, Director of Program Management for Xbox, announced the first 104 titles coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility when the feature launches as part of the New Xbox One Experience on 12 Nov.

At Xbox, we believe that gaming is universal and should be enjoyed by everyone, everywhere. Our philosophy since launching Xbox One two years ago has been to put gamers at the center of everything we do and create the best, most seamless gaming experience possible. We’re taking a major step forward in that journey on November 12 when we start rolling out the New Xbox One Experience with Xbox One Backward Compatibility.

Today, I’m happy to unveil to you the first 104 Xbox One Backward Compatibly games. Some of my favorites are included, like the complete Gears of War catalog, Assassin’s Creed II, Fallout 3, Borderlands, and Castle Crashers. The full list of the first 104 games is below and can be found at the Backward Compatibility page at Xbox.com. And, as I said at gamescom, going forward, all Xbox 360 games available through Games With Gold after Nov. 12 will be playable on Xbox One.

Our launch of 104 titles on Nov. 12 is just the beginning. You can expect new Xbox One Backward Compatible games to be announced on a regular basis, starting in December. More titles are on the way, including fan favorites like Halo Reach, Halo Wars, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Bioshock, Bioshock 2, Bioshock Infinite and Skate 3. Stay tuned because this just the beginning of a long list of Xbox 360 games that will run on Xbox One.

Read the full announcement over at Xbox Wire. And for more information about Xbox One Backward Compatibility check out this video where FLitz from Smosh Games asks me questions about the feature, and this post where I discuss what you need to know in preparation for Backward Compatibility.

If you don’t see your favorite Xbox 360 title on the list and you want  to try and get it added, visit the Xbox Feedback website and vote on the existing nominations or submit your own.

I’m also providing a handy list of Xbox One Backward Compatibly titles for your reference:

Xbox One Backward Compatibility List
Content Title Content Type Publisher
Assassin’s Creed II Xbox One Game Ubisoft
Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts Xbox One Game Microsoft Studios
Borderlands Xbox One Game 2K Games
CastleStorm Xbox One Game Microsoft Studios
Condemned: Criminal Origins Xbox One Game Sega
DiRT 3 Xbox One Game Codemasters
DiRT Showdown Xbox One Game Codemasters
Dungeon Siege III Xbox One Game Square Enix
Fable II Xbox One Game Microsoft Studios
Fallout 3 Xbox One Game Bethesda Softworks
Gears of War Xbox One Game Microsoft Studios
Gears of War 2 Xbox One Game Microsoft Studios
Gears of War 3 Xbox One Game Microsoft Studios
Gears of War: Judgment Xbox One Game Microsoft Studios
Just Cause 2 Xbox One Game Square Enix
Kameo: Elements of Power Xbox One Game Microsoft Studios
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game Xbox One Game Disney Interactive Studios
LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga Xbox One Game Disney Interactive Studios
Mass Effect Xbox One Game Microsoft Studios
Mirror’s Edge Xbox One Game Electronic Arts
Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising Xbox One Game Codemasters
Perfect Dark Zero Xbox One Game Microsoft Studios
Supreme Commander 2 Xbox One Game Square Enix
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas Xbox One Game Ubisoft
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2 Xbox One Game Ubisoft
South Park: The Stick of Truth Xbox One Game Ubisoft
Tron: Evolution Xbox One Game Disney Interactive Studios
Viva Piñata Xbox One Game Microsoft Studios
Viva Piñata: Trouble In Paradise Xbox One Game Microsoft Studios
A Kingdom for Keflings Arcade Microsoft Studios
A World of Keflings Arcade Microsoft Studios
Alien Hominid HD Arcade Microsoft Studios
Asteroids & Deluxe Arcade Atari
Banjo-Kazooie Arcade Microsoft Studios
Banjo-Tooie Arcade Microsoft Studios
BattleBlock Theater Arcade Microsoft Studios
Bejeweled 2 Arcade Microsoft Studios
Bellator: MMA Onslaught Arcade 345 Games
Beyond Good & Evil HD Arcade Ubisoft
Blood of the Werewolf Arcade Midnight City
BloodRayne: Betrayal Arcade Majesco Entertainment
Call of Juarez Gunslinger Arcade Ubisoft
Castle Crashers Arcade Microsoft Studios
Centipede & Millipede Arcade Atari
Crazy Taxi Arcade Sega
Deadliest Warrior: Legends Arcade 345 Games / Spike Games
Defense Grid: The Awakening Arcade Microsoft Studios
Discs of Tron Arcade Disney Interactive Studios
Doom Arcade Bethesda Softworks
Doom II Arcade Bethesda Softworks
Earthworm Jim HD Arcade Microsoft Studios
Feeding Frenzy Arcade Microsoft Studios
Feeding Frenzy 2: Shipwreck Showdown Arcade PopCap Games
Golden Axe Arcade Sega
Halo: Spartan Assault Arcade Microsoft Studios
Hardwood Backgammon Arcade Microsoft Studios
Hardwood Hearts Arcade Microsoft Studios
Hardwood Spades Arcade Microsoft Studios
Heavy Weapon Arcade Microsoft Studios
Hexic HD Arcade Microsoft Studios
Ikaruga Arcade Microsoft Studios
Jetpac Refuelled Arcade Microsoft Studios
Joy Ride Turbo Arcade Microsoft Studios
Lode Runner Arcade Microsoft Studios
LUMINES LIVE! Arcade Microsoft Studios
Metal Slug 3 Arcade SNK PLAYMORE
Metal Slug XX Arcade SNK PLAYMORE
Might & Magic Clash of Heroes Arcade Ubisoft
Missile Command Arcade Atari
Monday Night Combat Arcade Microsoft Studios
Monkey Island 2: Special Edition Arcade Disney Interactive Studios
Monkey Island: Special Edition Arcade Disney Interactive Studios
Ms. Splosion Man Arcade Microsoft Studios
Mutant Blobs Attack!!! Arcade Midnight City
N+ Arcade Microsoft Studios
NBA JAM: On Fire Edition Arcade Electronic Arts
NiGHTS into dreams… Arcade Sega
Pac-Man: Championship Edition Arcade Bandai Namco
Pac-Man: Championship Edition DX+ Arcade Bandai Namco
Perfect Dark Arcade Microsoft Studios
Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Arcade Mages.
Pinball FX Arcade Microsoft Studios
Plants vs. Zombies Arcade PopCap
Prince of Persia Arcade Ubisoft
Putty Squad Arcade System 3 Software Ltd
Rayman 3 HD Arcade Ubisoft
R-Type Dimensions Arcade Microsoft Studios
Sacred Citadel Arcade Deep Silver
Sega Vintage Collection: Alex Kidd & Co. Arcade Sega
Sega Vintage Collection: Golden Axe Arcade Sega
Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World Arcade Sega
Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage Arcade Sega
Shadow Complex Arcade Microsoft Studios
Sonic CD Arcade Sega
Sonic The Hedgehog Arcade Sega
Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Arcade Sega
Sonic The Hedgehog 3 Arcade Sega
Super Meat Boy Arcade Microsoft Studios
Torchlight Arcade Microsoft Studios
Toy Soldiers Arcade Microsoft Studios
Toy Soldiers: Cold War Arcade Microsoft Studios
Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon Arcade 345 Games / Comedy Central
Wolfenstein 3D Arcade Bethesda Softworks
Zuma Arcade Microsoft Studios

The New Xbox One Experience launches on November 12 – and today, we have a couple of new sneak peeks at some of the updated features you’ll be getting your hands on when the update goes live: introducing Xbox One Avatars and the new-and-improved OneGuide!

Bringing Avatars to Xbox One should be music to any Xbox 360 fan’s ears – and Avatars on Xbox One come with the same visual fidelity improvements that gamers on Windows 10 have already gotten a taste of. That means improved anti-aliasing, lighting, shading, and an altogether more modern feel.

Of course, the core Avatar experience on your Xbox One is exactly what you’d expect. You can create an Avatar, change his or her look and clothing style, and browse all of the items you’ve already earned or purchased. If you choose, your new and awesome Avatar will show up in multiple locations across the New Xbox One Experience, including your Profile, your Activity Feed, the Compare Achievements section in Game Hubs, and more.

Xbox One is also getting a totally revamped OneGuide. With the rapidly expanding selection of video content from apps on Xbox, OneGuide makes it easier than ever to find something to watch, quickly. The new and improved OneGuide gets you to all of the content that you own and have access to watch via apps while providing access to featured and recommended content that you may not already know about.

The real star of the new OneGuide is app channels which enables you to see, at a glance, what’s new in your favorite video apps, like YouTube, Hulu, and FXNOW, without having to go in and open the apps themselves. In other words, you’ll spend less time finding something to watch and more time actually watching!

We’ve also made improvements to the live TV experience you already know in OneGuide. You can now enjoy a picture-in-picture of what you’re watching while you check TV listings or browse for something else to watch. If you watch live TV, you’ll also notice that TV listings now come up instantly and in full screen, letting you see what’s on more channels at once.

Coming soon, live TV listings from the Sling TV app including AMC, TNT, HBO, and more will be integrated into OneGuide, for Xbox One owners in the U.S. This will allow you to be able to see all your favorite channels including Sling TV channels side by side in OneGuide.

Check out the videos above for the full rundown on Avatars and OneGuide on Xbox One, with me and Partner Group Program Manager for Xbox One, Richard Irving. And stay tuned to Xbox Wire for more details on what you can expect when the New Xbox One Experience launches on 12 Nov.

For a closer look at the New Xbox One Experience’s Home and Guide, check out this post and video. Click here for a video on Game Hubs and here for the new and improved Store.

The New Xbox One Experience is almost here – and we’ve got an exciting video of the improved Xbox One Store to share with you! As you’ll see in the video clip above, I recently sat down with Partner Group Program Manager for Xbox One, Richard Irving to talk about a few of the changes and updates we’ve got in store for… well, the Store!

There’s a ton to discover in the New Xbox One Experience, and all of the games you already own will be ready and waiting for you. But when you’re ready for more, quickly find the games and content you want in the optimized Store. As you land on the Store from Home, you’ll notice it expands into four easy to explore areas – Games, Apps, Movies & TV, and Music. A new vertical gallery view inside the Store brings you more listings at a glance. You can browse through categories like Featured, New Releases, Most Played, Top Rated, Coming Soon, and Recommendations to help you find new things to play, interact with, watch, or listen to.

You’ll also notice that the Store has gotten a big quality-of-life upgrade: It’s much faster and easier to navigate, and requires fewer clicks to get to the stuff you care about. The new Store menu for each section is streamlined, allowing you to get to add-on content quickly, plus redeem any codes you may have.

On each game’s page within the Store, we’ve reorganized everything to focus on the information that our fans want when making their purchasing decisions. All of the content for all of the games in the Store is front-and-center, from add-on content to videos and bundle items. Browse some more and you’ll be able to see active Twitch broadcasts for a game, popular screenshots and videos that players have created, and – of course – access each title’s Game Hub, so that you can check out the latest updates on your favorite games directly from the game developers, and see which of your friends play the game. You can also compare Gamerscore, Achievements, and other game stats with your friends.

Like the rest of the New Xbox One Experience, the revamped Store is coming on Nov. 12. Check out the video above for the full rundown, and stay tuned – we’ve got a lot more to share with you between now and launch!

For a closer look at the New Xbox One Experience’s Home and Guide, check out this post and video; for a view of the new Game Hubs, check out this one.

The New Xbox One Experience is just around the corner, and those who have not experienced it in Preview will be able to experience it officially starting November 12. Faster navigation and a more social experience are at the heart of what is our biggest Xbox One update yet. Today, we’re giving you a peek at the New Xbox One Experience’s redesigned Game Hubs, with a video walkthrough I did with Partner Group Program Manager for Xbox One – Richard Irving. We’ll also highlight improvements to Achievements and the new Community section.

Now, Game Hubs themselves have been part of Xbox One for a while, but we’ve re-imagined them from the ground up, to bring everything you want to know about a game into one place. For starters, our new Game Hubs are always at your fingertips: The Game Hub for each game in your recently played games list is just a button press away, enabling gamers frictionless access to contextual game information.

You can also follow your favorite games to receive updates and posts from the game developer, which will be delivered right to your Activity Feed. This makes it much easier to stay up-to-date on what’s going on with your most-played games. You can also quickly see which of your friends play the games that you own, and join them in a Party or multiplayer session, right from the Game Hub. And you can even view the community’s most popular Game DVR clips and screenshots for each game. We’re pretty thrilled with all of this improved social connectivity; our mission with the new Game Hubs is to make it as easy as possible for you to keep current on your favorite games, and easily find friends to play them with.

We’ve also crafted an improved Achievements experience. All of your Achievements are viewable straight from each Game Hub – along with stats on how you’re doing in a given game, with stats such as time played, game progress percentage, overall Gamerscore, and lots of game-specific stats. You can also quickly check a variety of leaderboards to see how you stack up against your friends, and compare your Achievements progress with them.

Last but not least, to the right of Home, you’ll find the Community section. Community helps drive a more social Xbox One experience with the Xbox Live community. This includes posts from your friends, updates on games that you follow, and access to your activity feed – so that you are always current on the friends and games you care about.

For more details, check out the video above. We can’t wait for you to see the redesigned Game Hubs, Achievements, and Community sections when the New Xbox One Experience hits on November 12!